Craig Meyer's West High School Basketball Notebook (Dec. 18, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Craig Meyer's West High School Basketball Notebook.

"Not even a month's worth of games have been played yet in WPIAL basketball this season, so it's obviously too early to make any kind of definitive or sweeping judgments on certain players or teams.

With that being said, one thing has become pretty clear with this small sample size of games -- the Bishop Canevin boys basketball team has made some noteworthy strides.

Four games into the 2014-15 season, the Crusaders have already accomplished a lot more than most observers would have expected, even at this early juncture in the season.

At 4-0 through their first four games, they have already matched their win total from last season, when they went 4-18 and finished in last place in Class AA Section 4."



Boys Basketball: Blackhawk an early surprise

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Section 2-AAA was considered a meat-grinder of a section this season with defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA champion New Castle, defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Central Valley, perennial power Beaver Falls moving up from Class AA, Beaver, and Ambridge all looking strong.

But after the first weekend of section play, the teams atop the section were Beaver Falls, New Castle, and Blackhawk? Yep, that's right – the same Blackhawk which had to change coaches almost when practice started because of Andy Hedrick's resignation. The same Blackhawk that returned only one of its varsity scorers after graduation, but then saw Zach Duffy transfer to Beaver Falls.

Still, that Blackhawk, now under the guidance of Josh Bears, who won a WPIAL title at West Allegheny, sits atop the section with a 1-0 record after a 65-55 win over Hopewell. Admittedly, logic says that Blackhawk's stay at the top may not be long-term but, if it is to be, it will be because of defense. Blackhawk has held three of its four opponents in the 50's with the only exception being Class AA power Seton-LaSalle. As proof, the Cougars had only two scorers in double figures against Hopewell – Tim Mancini with 10 and Dawson Merry with 12 – but still won.


Girls Basketball: Carlynton, Riverside both off to solid starts

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Two teams that were accorded Top 10 honors in the Post-Gazette's preseason Class AA rankings are living up to their accolades.

Both Riverside and Carlynton enter this week with overall marks of 4-0, and both teams are 1-0 in their respective sections. Riverside shares the Section 1-AA lead with Mohawk and Neshannock, while Carlynton is tied with Freedom and South Side Beaver. All three teams are 1-0.

Riverside won the Sharon Tip-Off Tournament with victories over Warren G. Harding, Ohio, 51-48 and host Sharon, 47-46. The Panthers also defeated Aliquippa, 60-57, and opened Section 1-AA play with a 63-39 victory over Shenango. They host Laurel (2-3, 0-1) tonight.

Carlynton opened Section 5-AA play with a 66-32 victory over Avonworth this past Thursday. That victory followed non-section victories over Bishop Canevin (52-40) and Quigley Catholic (47-40) in the Ambridge tournament and a 74-37 triumph over Keystone Oaks.


Sports Town West Week in Review (Dec. 7-13)

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